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Date:      Sat, 16 May 2020 13:12:37 -0700
From:      Doug Hardie <bc979@lafn.org>
To:        Polytropon <freebsd@edvax.de>
Cc:        "@lbutlr" <kremels@kreme.com>, FreeBSD <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: [FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD 12.0 end-of-life
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> On 16 May 2020, at 11:45, Polytropon <freebsd@edvax.de> wrote:
>=20
> On Sat, 16 May 2020 12:07:30 -0600, @lbutlr wrote:
>> On 19 Feb 2020, at 01:52, Ottavio Caruso via freebsd-questions =
<freebsd-questions@freebsd.org> wrote:
>>> To a beginner and uninitiated like me, the way FreeBSD labels
>>> "stable", "release", "releng" and "current" is, at the very least,
>>> confusing.
>>=20
>> It might be sensible to have a prominent note along the lines
>> of =E2=80=9CIf you are wondering what to run, -RELEASE is the =
answer.=E2=80=9D
>>=20
>> Because, really, anyone who wants stable or current should know
>> why they do.
>=20
> And how.
>=20
>=20
>=20
>> I agree the names are not the best.=20
>=20
> That is true; however there are historical reasons for the
> names, and their meaning is documented:
>=20

I started using FreeBSD somewhere between 2.5 and 2.7 and I remember the =
confusion of those "labels".  Yes the information is there, but it's not =
obvious to the new user.  I was running production systems and the name =
"stable" seemed like the right one.  However, the descriptions made me =
think that perhaps that was not the right choice.  I finally settled on =
"release" but it was quite a difficult decision.  After many discussions =
on this mailing list, I finally understood the differences.  I still =
find the names misleading, but I can work with them.  I do feel for =
anyone new to FreeBSD trying to figure that out.  It might be "obvious" =
to those who know, but it's not for others.

-- Doug





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